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Let's take our cushions to the garden seat behind the hedge and sit in the sun. Fresh lemonade? Good. Now tell us:
What's the most interesting thing about you that you believe helped you grow as a writer?
What is it about MG & YA Fantasy that stimulates your muse?
I don’t get my specific ideas from any famous books—I am not a fanfic writer. I have run into a couple of instances when my idea turned out to be in another book I’d never read. Great minds, and all that. My granddaughters clued me into a location used in a famous book. I changed my location when I found out, otherwise people would think I took the other writer’s idea. I don’t do that. Any resemblance of my fantasy to any other writer’s fantasy is purely coincidental.
|Cover artist: Kaytalin Platt|
Are you writing for a specific person?
I deliberately use characters and settings in more than one place if I can fit it in. I’ve researched my butt off and always have tons of spare ideas related to those I use in one book to pass along to another book. It’s just efficient use of material. In Setara’s Genie, I have one cross-over character and the general setting in another book, which I hope to have published in the future.
Does your own fat white cat influence the personality of any of your characters?
Ha! Dusty spends 90% of his time sleeping, so not much personality to use. However, we feed a feral stray (don’t tell anybody; we’re not supposed to do this) who we tried to adopt, but she’s too skittish and cranky. She’s also loud and demanding. We named her Bitchy. She’s the model for Cait Sidhe (the cat fairy) featured in Scotch Broom, the 3rd book in the Witches of Galdorheim series.
How do you juggle your writing with family life and promotion?
Family life is easy. I make dinners for my mom, but she gets whatever we have. She lives close by so I’m sort of the meals on tennies service. Other than that, promoting is the big time drain on even attempting to be creative. Look at me right now, conversing about my writerly ways and my upcoming new release.
Having your mum living close by and being able to help her must be such a blessing. I'm so glad you found time to converse about your writerly ways with me today. I love to talk 'writing' with writers. Wish it really could be face to face.
Your new book is soon to be released. What is it about?
|Cover Designer: Charlotte Volnek|
As did Scheherazade before him, Abu leaves Najda hanging in the middle of each yarn to keep her coming back. Between stories, he questions the girl about her life. He discovers that she’s been promised in marriage to an old man whom she hates, but she must wed him to save her sick mother’s life. The rich bridegroom will pay for the doctors the mother needs. Meanwhile, Najda sells spices in the market to earn enough money to keep her mother alive.
He relates the adventures of the bored daughter of a rich merchant, Setara, and her genie, Basit, as they encounter the creatures of legend and folklore: a lonely cave demon seeking a home; a flying, fire-breathing horse who has lost his mate; a dragon searching for his family; an evil genie hunting for the man who put him in a lamp; and a merboy prince cast out of his undersea kingdom.
I would like to mention that I use the frame story technique similar to 1001 Arabian Nights. Everybody knows Scheherazade has to start a new story every night, then leave it unfinished so her husband won’t kill her. It’s more complicated than that, but you can look that up. My book uses the frame story of Abu Nuwas, the story teller, relating the adventures of Setara to a poor spice seller. The frame story has its own plot, while Setara’s tales are a series of seven interrelated stories interspersed within the frame story. How clever is that? Or complicated?
MuseItUp Link: Setaras Genie - MuseItUp
Amazon Link: (coming soon, watch Marva's blog)
Twitter Handle: @Gurina
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Another lemonade, anyone? :) Any Questions?